Twins Brandi and Kandi Dreier, 30, from Vancouver, each weighed roughly 600 pounds when they first embarked on their weight loss journeys on the TLC reality series My 600-lb Life. However, after the sisters both underwent gastric bypass surgery, their lifelong addiction to food is in the past. "Food doesn’t rule our lives anymore," Brandi, who initially weighed 587 pounds, told People earlier this year. "Sometimes I forget to eat because the hunger isn’t there."
Kandi, who started at 604 pounds, had a major scare when she was rushed to the intensive care unit after her heart stopped beating. At the time, she was put in a medically induced coma. Brandi said, "I don’t want my sister to die." She added, "I need my sister to pull through this. She promised she wouldn’t leave me. I can’t do this without her." Yet now Kandi is doing well. "There’s [sic] not been any other setbacks," she revealed. "It’s like it didn’t even happen."
The women — who have never lived apart — had a traumatic childhood that led them to abuse food at a young age. According to the Daily Mail, their mother was an alcoholic, their father was a drug dealer, and they were molested by one of their father's acquaintances.
(Kandi and Brandi during an interview with People in January 2017. Photo Credit: People Now)
"We started gaining weight when we were young, as soon as we were able to eat solid food because our biological dad used food as a babysitter," Kandi explained. But these days, Kandi and Brandi are eating a healthy diet of salads, turkey burgers, and vegetables and have each lost 200 pounds within the past year. Amazing!
The reality stars also had some advice for anyone considering losing weight with gastric bypass. "They just need to stay focused, and if they really want it, it can happen," Brandi said. "But the surgery is not like you have it and it’s fixed. You have to work at it."
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Christina was 708 pounds when she first appeared on the show in 2014. After getting gastric bypass surgery, she dropped to 183 pounds. However, in her 2016 "Where Are They Now?" special, the 25-year-old admitted to still feeling like she was 700 pounds and often went days without eating if she gained any weight.
"My fear of gaining weight has crippled me," she said in 2016. "But I have to move past that fear if I want to live my life."
She doesn't have any social media accounts of her own, but she sometimes appears in other My 600-lb Life cast members' accounts looking strikingly different from her old self.